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LMSJ Issue 16

ISBN 1 905184 23 9

LMSJ 16 Cover

Contents

  • TOTON MARSHALLING YARDby B. T. Beers
  • I WAS THE LAST FIREBOX LAD AT CANKLOWby Geoff Bartlett
  • L&YR WAGONSby Bob Essery
  • LMS SIGNALS No. 15by Reg Instone, L. G. Warburton & 'Dunbar'
  • JOINT LINE ENGINEMANby Jim Jackson
  • MEMORANDUM TO S. J. SYMES FROM E. S. COX - CAPROTTI ENGINE No. 5908
  • BY THE BOOK - FITTED FREIGHT STOCK WORKING by Don Rowland
  • ACHNASHEEN - BUSY TIMESby Peter Tatlow
  • LMS TIMES
  • BOOK REVIEWS

EDITORIAL

This editorial is being written shortly after the conclusion of the Warley NEC Model Railway Exhibition where the LMS Matters stand displayed the various LMS Journal and Midland Record titles and the latest publications that had just arrived from the printers. It would be true to say this was a fascinating two days. Locomotive Profile editor Dave Hunt, together with major contributor Graham Warburton, Don Field and I, were kept very busy dealing with your queries and listening to your comments. It is always rewarding to hear about what you think we have got right and also to learn about the instances when we are not quite as accurate as we would wish! By the time this appears in print, all the queries raised by visitors should have been answered, hopefully to your satisfaction.

I am rather pleased with this edition. Graham Warburton continues with his LMS signalling story. Based upon his forward schedule, we are about halfway through the story, and we return to Toton with a delightful photographic article by Brian Beers. Before the 1923 amalgamation, joint lines were commonplace, but even after 1923 there were lines that were jointly owned, therefore it is rather pleasing to be able to include Jim Jackson's article about his experiences on the old GN&LNW line. Operational matters are important features to be included, so when I read Peter Tatlow's article on Achnasheen I was fascinated; it describes a system of railway operating that was new to me and I expect also to many other ex-steam railway readers whose experience of single-line working is rather different to what Peter describes. Therefore, may I confirm that I am most interested in receiving articles from railwaymen who can clearly explain how it was done. An example of what I mean is the article by new contributor Geoff Bartlett.

We have included a short article on the Claughton Caprotti valve gear to serve as an appetiser for the Claughton and Patriot Locomotive Monograph that has just been published and, following this theme, a piece about L&Y wagons to mark the publication of the long-awaited second volume of Noel Coates' L&Y Wagon history, and the double-page spread on pages 36/37 promotes a new book written by an LMS fireman working off Northampton shed, which was also launched at Warley, and provides a very factual story of railway work. All in all, it has been a good year for LMS titles and don't forget the third and final part of the Class 5 story in Locomotive Profile No. 7.

Bob Essery

LMS Crest